Ashwin’s half-century, Delhi Capitals got the target of 161 runs

Navi Mumbai, May 11 (PTI) Fifties from Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (50) and Devdutt Padikkal (48) helped Rajasthan Royals manage 160 for six against Delhi Capitals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday. Scored the score.

Apart from Ashwin (38 balls, four fours, two sixes) and Padikkal (30 balls, six fours, two sixes), only Yashasvi Jaiswal (19) and Rasi van der Dussen (12 not out) could reach double digits.

The bowlers of Delhi Capitals bowled tightly, taking wickets at frequent intervals, not allowing Rajasthan Royals to make a big score.

For Delhi, Enrique Norkia, Mitchell Marsh and Chetan Sakaria took two wickets each.

After being invited to bat, Rajasthan Royals got off to a slow start and then lost the wicket of their star batsman Jos Buttler (07) in the third over, who could not time the delivery of Chetan Sakaria and reached the pavilion by catching Shardul Thakur.

The team took an interesting decision and brought their off-spinner Ashwin to bat at number three. Ashwin also came true to the team’s new strategy. He scored his first fifty in IPL which was also his best score in this league. This was his first fifty in T20Is, where he has scored half-centuries in every format of the game.

Ashwin hit two fours on the leg-side and covers in Thakur’s first and team’s fifth over.

He then hit a four on Axar Patel in the very next over and then hit two shots at long on for a six. In this way, the team’s score in the powerplay was 43 runs for one wicket.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (19 balls, one four, one six) had given the team hope but he could not repeat the performance of the previous match and fell victim to Mitchell Marsh in the ninth over. Delhi got the second wicket for 54 runs.

Now Padikkal was at the crease, who made two fours in the same over as soon as he came.

Ashwin and Padikkal got the team off to a good start from the early blows. In the 12th over, Ashwin hit a brilliant six over the head of Kuldeep Yadav (20 runs in three overs, no wickets) and reached his half-century.

In the next over, Padikkal D hit two scintillating sixes at backward point and long on, which the team desperately needed.

Ashwin hit Sakariya for a four in the 14th over with an uppercut over the wicketkeeper and reached his highest IPL score in T20Is by 48 runs. Then he scored his first half-century in T20 by scoring two more runs in the same over.

However, on the first ball of the next over, Ashwin became the third player to be dismissed. Could not time Marsh’s ball and got caught by David Warner. Captain Sanju Samson came out to bat at number five. Padikkal increased the score with two consecutive fours, as the team’s score was 116 for three after the 15th over.

Riyan Parag also returned to the pavilion soon after Samson (06).

The team lost three wickets in the last five overs and could add only 44 runs.